Data Sharing Agreement Policy Specialist
undp barbados and the eastern caribbean – grenada
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Grenada’s biodiversity is being threatened by unsafe agricultural practices and encroachment from human settlements, resulting in habitat loss and fragmentation, overexploitation of biological resources, and pollution. The presence of invasive alien species and climate change are also drivers of biodiversity loss in the country. Land degradation has affected approximately 50% of land resources in Grenada; deforestation and fragmentation of forests in the form of forest clearance to allow for residential and commercial development, non-sustainable agriculture, forest fires, and coastal tourism development are the main forces behind land degradation in Grenada. Integrated agroecosystem management, which incorporates Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and biodiversity conservation into production landscapes, may provide a solution to biodiversity loss and land degradation in the country.
SLM and biodiversity conservation objectives need to be mainstreamed into national land use planning, sectoral policies, and legal frameworks. Incorporated into SLM are climate smart agriculture (CSA) practices that can contribute to ensuring the long-term sustainability of agricultural production at the community and producer levels. However, there are several barriers that hinder the advancement of long-term and effective implementation of SLM and CSA practices and the mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation into landscapes in Grenada. These include:
- insufficient systemic and institutional capacity for integrated SLM and biodiversity conservation landscape-level planning;
- lack of access to financial mechanisms and technical and information services, thereby limiting investment in sustainable agricultural planning and practices; and
- limited awareness, understanding, and knowledge of CSA and SLM techniques and practices integrated with biodiversity conservation.
The project’s objective is to operationalize integrated agroecosystem management through mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in productive landscapes and increasing the resilience of agricultural systems. The project will use an integrated landscape management approach that will allow combining resilient agricultural and conservation practices in productive landscapes.
This strategy will contribute to reducing the loss of biodiversity of global and local importance and the degradation of land in Grenada.
Project Component 1 will focus on systemic and institutional capacity development for supporting integrated landscape management at the national level. An information management database and monitoring system and land use planning process that include biodiversity mainstreaming and SLM considerations will provide baseline information to support decision-making. Strengthened information management capacity and an updated regulatory framework will be complemented with an improved biodiversity conservation and land use management capacity of the Forestry and National Parks Department and the Land Use Division, and the Ministry of Carriacou and Petit Martinique. These actions will provide a framework for mainstreaming biodiversity concerns into spatial management and promoting resilient agriculture, both climate-resilient and resilient by not depleting natural capital and not leading to biodiversity loss.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK
The ideal candidate will have a nuanced understanding of interconnected issues of policy and legislation, information management, natural resources management, climate change, vulnerability, inequality and can quickly and effectively provide technical expertise to advance project objectives and enhance environmental protection and sustainable resource use in Grenada.
The consultant will report directly to the Project Coordinator- Grenada, in close collaboration with the Cluster Head- MCO, Barbados:
The consultant will collaborate with a wider team including a data sharing agreements Legal Policy Specialist (national consultant) and Information Management Specialist (national consultant) to:
1. Conduct a Data Sharing Agreement Assessment. The consultant will identify comparative approaches and provide good practice recommendations for data sharing agreements relevant to Component 1 of the Project
2. Definition of the government’s priority areas for data sharing agreements. Data sharing agreements set out the purpose of the data sharing, cover what happens to the data at each stage, set standards and help all the parties involved in sharing to be clear about their roles and responsibilities. Using the data sharing agreement assessment as a framework, the consultants will review results through stakeholder interviews to articulate relevant data sharing agreements priorities and requirements of the government into a final report.
Through collaboration with the data sharing agreements policy specialist (international consultant), the data sharing agreement legal specialist will provide:
- Drafted data sharing agreements. Proposed data sharing agreement will provide a coordination mechanism to support data-sharing between agencies, ministries, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private interests, and other stakeholders with appropriate data-sharing protocols and security in place.
- Recommendations and guidance for implementation. Drawing upon the above, the consultant will distil results and key insights into a final report that provides recommendations for the implementation of prepared data sharing agreements.
Years of experience:
- Minimum of five (5) years' experience reviewing technology policy and providing advisory support to the public sector on information management;
- Demonstratable experience working with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) or other United Nations (UN) agency;
- At least two (2) years experience working in Grenada or with the Government of Grenada executing similar assignments;
- Previous work experience within CARICOM
- Effective interactive communication;
- Client service and people-oriented;
- Initiative taking;
- Creative thinking;
- Relationship/network building;
- Teamwork and cooperation;
- Effective time management and ability to work within tight deadlines
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s Degree in Information Management, Public Policy or related field with a minimum of five (5) years working experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Information Management, Public Policy or related field with a minimum of seven (7) years working experience